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Third case of West Nile found in Laurens County

Third case of West Nile found in Laurens County”

Rushville, In. - A report from the Rushville Republican says mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus have been found there.

The agency did not disclose any details about the victim in reporting the death Monday.

The Kalamazoo County Health Department said the case was confirmed Wednesday.

Humans are exposed to the virus when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. "We strongly encourage residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes, even as we enter the fall season".

That includes applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, and avoiding being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Insect repellant is also a recommended mosquito deterrent.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes out of buildings. Other symptoms in horses range from depression, loss of appetite and fever to severe neurologic signs such as incoordination, weakness, inability to rise, and hypersensitivity to touch or sound.

Health officials remind residents to eliminate standing water on their property.

People 50 years of age and older and individuals with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick, and are more likely to develop complications.

Among the recommendations: use insect repellent containing DEET*, spray clothing with repellent containing permethrin, avoid going outside from dusk to dawn when most mosquitoes are active, wear long sleeves and long trousers when nighttime activity is unavoidable, eliminate standing water from flowerpots, clogged gutters, recycle bins, birdbaths, toys, swimming pool and hot tub covers.

The number of human cases of West Nile virus varies each year. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

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